First Concert? Better Late Than Never, Puffman!
We talked about the first concert we went to last week and the Puffman didn’t respond, but you know, he’s older and it takes a while for the the old noggin to shift into gear, I did eventually get a response, so I thought I would go ahead and share it with you. Better late then never! Here’s what he had to say:
I can’t recall for sure what my first concert was but I remember many of them. I saw the Lovin’ Spoonful in Great Falls in the summer of 1967. Several years later in the early 70’s, I saw John Sebastian (leader of the Spoonful’ and out on his own) at an outdoor concert at Blossom Music Center near Akron, Ohio. While working on the east coast I remember seeing Hall and Oates at St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania in the early to mid 70’s. I also saw Seals and Crofts perform at the same venue. I saw another outdoor concert near State College, Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s and it was my hero, Bob Dylan. I saw James Taylor, his brother Livingston Taylor, and Jackson Browne in State College, Pennsylvania during the late 70’s and early 80’s. I saw Simon and Garfunkel in the mid 80’s at an outdoor concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I think one of the best concerts I attended was at a small (but well known private college in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania). It was Judy Collins at Juniata College. I saw Dave Brubeck and also Mel Torme both in Altoona, Pennsylvania in the 90’s. I had a chance to be both Brubeck and Torme in person. Also saw Maynard Ferguson several times in Altoona, Pennsylvania and got to meet him. I’ve also met Pat Boone, Freddy Fender and Les Nesbin and Herb Tarleck from WKRP. Speaking of meeting people, I got to meet and spend a day with the late Captain Lou Albano from wresting. I’ve met both Tom Jones and Paul Winter (who is a grammy winner, long time Columbia records artist) was probably one of the more amazing people I had a chance to meet because he was very down to earth and humble. I spend some time with him and I don’t know if it was “an act” or if he was really that down to earth. I’ve also met Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Hubert Humphrey, Larry Bonderud, and John Shevlin. They were all good concerts…I didn’t enjoy Simon and Garfunkel that much because they were at Three Rivers stadium, you almost had to watch the TV screens to see them up close, they had TWO drummers, and a big backup band, etc. I thought James Taylor was really entertaining as he talked to the crowd and sang all his tunes. I enjoyed Jackson Browne because he “stuck to business” back in the day when a lot of the groups were late and/or got into a lot of long rants on the stage. Browne came on and said, “Hello State College”, immediately went into “Somebody’s Baby” and did solid music until the end and said, “so long”. It was a “music intensive” concert. I thought Seals and Crofts were more than professional, their plane was late getting into Pittsburgh, they had to drive about 60 miles up the mountains to Loretto, came on, apologized for being late and went right into “I’ll Play For You”.